- Marc·an·to·nio [mahr-kahn-taw-nyaw] /ˌmɑr kɑnˈtɔ nyɔ/, 1623–69, Italian composer.
- a girdle or belt, especially as worn by women of ancient Greece.
- Classical Mythology. the girdle of Venus, decorated with every object that could arouse amorous desire.
Also especially British, ces·tos.
Origin of cestus1
1570–80; < Latin < Greek kestós a girdle, literally, (something) stitched, equivalent to kes- (variant stem of kenteîn to stitch; see center) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
- a hand covering made of leather strips and often covered with metal studs, worn by boxers.
Origin of cestus2
1725–35; < Latin cestus, caestus
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Examples from the Web for cesti
- classical myth the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch
- (in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay
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